Where is the best place in the world to grow old?

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Switzerland Named the Best Place to Grow Old
Switzerland Named the Best Place to Grow Old


Switzerland has officially been named as the best place in the world to grow old.

But according to Help Age International's Global AgeWatch Index, the UK wasn't quite as impressive, only making it to number 10 on this year's list.
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A total of 96 countries were ranked against each other with regard to their treatment of the elderly by looking at income, health, employment, education and social connections.

Seven of the top 10 spots went to European countries including: Norway, Sweden, Germany, Iceland, the UK and the Netherlands.

All of these countries are known for their universal healthcare and ageing populations.

This year's index also revealed a growing inequality between the higher and lower ranked countries.

The difference in life expectancy in the two groups has increased by about two years in the past two decades.

Afghanistan fell to last place on this year's list with just 4% of its population being over the age of 60.

Women are also at a higher risk of poverty than men with discriminatory policies against widows and a history of gender discrimination in some countries.

However the index only considers half of the countries in the world as 98 countries didn't keep enough data to make a significant assessment. Most of the countries in question can be found in Africa and the Middle East.

At the moment, 12.3% of the global population are over 60 but this is expected to have almost double by 2050.



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